The topic of peptides came up at a dinner party I had this weekend. Hey, it happens when you have a skin care business :-)! My friend (and PPI customer), Audrey, brought up the topic of peptides. I laughed when she said, "I don't know what they are, but my sister said they are good, and I want them in my face products," exclaimed Audrey!
Peptides are chains of amino acids that are the building blocks of proteins in the skin. When peptides form a long chain of amino acids, they become proteins. They are able to penetrate the top layer of our skin and send signals to our cells to let them know how to function.
One important protein in our skin is collagen. Collagen gives our skin its thickness, suppleness, and tone. When collagen breaks down in the skin (from age and environmental factors like the sun and stress), wrinkles form. Peptides applied topically to the skin can send a signal to collagen to prompt the formation of new collagen, and voila, you have the appearance of more youthful, healthy skin.
For the most part, peptides take some time to work (except for the immediate effects of some of the neuropeptides-like the ones found in our Peptide Eye Gel). Peptides are best applied in serums for a long period of time. You can start to see results in four to 12 weeks. Keep in mind that upkeep is so important with peptides.
Parisian's Pure Indulgence includes peptides along with a host of other potent ingredients, in our Peptide Eye Gel, to assist in reducing the look of under eye puffiness (cucumber, organic periwinkle, organic licorice), and those pesky crow's feet we get after a certain...ahem, age.